PCMA announces Chairman’s Award winner for 2017

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Janet Tan-Collis, president of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (SACEOS), has picked up one of the meetings industry's most prestigious awards.

The CEO of East West Planners Singapore received the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) 2017 Chairman’s Award, at the organisation's Convening Leaders event in Nashville.

Presented by Mary Pat Heftman, 2017 chair of PCMA board of directors, the award recognises individuals or organisations for their unique achievements and contributions to the business events industry over the previous year. Singaporean Tan-Collis has been recognised for her commitment to improve the industry and her involvement in driving education opportunities for emerging event professionals in the APAC region.

Mary Pat Heftman, chair, PCMA board of directors, said: “The success of the Singapore MICE Forum and the Challenge is testament to the relationship between SACEOS and PCMA, uniting for the same purpose of investing into education and the future of our industry. Janet’s long-standing experience, her mentorship and advocacy of industry education and professional development, make her the perfect honouree for this year’s award.”

At the Singapore MICE Challenge, taking place during the Singapore MICE Forum, business and events students had to produce a realistic and competitive event proposal. In return, they had the chance to win a fully-sponsored trip to this year’s PCMA Convening Leaders event in Nashville. This opportunity meant they could network with more than 4,500 meetings industry professionals and learn from the innovative knowledge sessions and high-profile speakers.

For the first time this year, both the winning and the second placed teams attended the PCMA conference and had the opportunity to present their innovative event proposals in front of an industry-led audience and key media.

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